MCMC, telco industry, courier partners send aid for flood victims

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK/ pic by BERNAMA

THE Multimedia and Communications Commission (MCMC), National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma), telecommunications industry players and courier partners collaborated in a humanitarian aid mission for flood victims in the East Coast.

MCMC said in a statement yesterday that the support group was made up of 50 volunteers who departed from the defence depository in Sungai Buloh, involving assets such as six lorries with 52 tonnes of cargo carrying aid in the form of necessities for over 5,000 victims.

“The aid arrived at Pasir Mas and Tumpat in Kelantan on Saturday, which were sponsored by City-Link Express Sdn Bhd, GD Express Sdn Bhd, J&T Express Malaysia, Line Clear Express and Logistics Sdn Bhd, Pos Malaysia Bhd and Skynet Worldwide (M) Sdn Bhd.

“Among telco players involved in the mission were DiGi.Com Bhd and U Mobile Sdn Bhd, having sponsored power banks, drinking water, blankets, survival kits, as well as daily necessities,” the commission said.

Meanwhile, MCMC worked alongside telecommunication (telco) players to implement simulation plans as preparation for flood victims that are occurring in a few states.

“The simulation implementation emphasises on the communications, post and courier sectors to ensure impact on assets and telecommunications services are minimal and thus ensuring connectivity during the flood,” the commission said in a statement.

Among the proactive steps of the implementation included ensuring the number of portable generators is ample, upgrading the communications infrastructure at the relocation centres and upgrading sites exposed to the floods.

The postal and courier sectors have identified alternate locations for shipping and assets, human capital, backup energy and emergency supplies.

“One of the areas involved in the simulation is Bukit Tampin in Negri Sembilan with Telekom Malaysia Bhd, Bukit Jelutong in Selangor with Celcom Axiata Bhd, Felda Berabong in Pahang with Digi, Mak Mandin Jetty in Penang with Maxis Bhd and Management and Science University in Shah Alam, Selangor, with U Mobile.

“Mass simulations were also conducted in Kemaman, Terengganu, in collaboration with Nadma, the telecommunications industry, local agencies, as well as post and couriers,” it said.

The commission also advised the public to be careful during floods, such as to avoid using mobile devices for streaming, uploading and downloading activities to reduce network congestion, as well as reduce calls to only important ones.

Bernama reported the number of flood victims in Kelantan decrease to 825 people (304 families) yesterday morning from 1,459 (536 families) on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, publicinfobanjir.water.gov.my showed that only the level of Sungai Golok hovered at the warning level of 8.12m (alert 8m), while all other rivers had returned to normal levels.